4to, [x], 424pp.,  Containing 9 lithographs and 9 “Topographical sketches”. Lacking one of two maps [Mer de Glace of Chamouni and the Adjoining Mountains]. 4 pages publishers’ advertisements at rear. Publisher’s red cloth boards with blindstamped pattern. Rubbed edges. 2cm tear to cloth at top of spine. 1cm tear to cloth at bottom of spine. Cloth frayed at bottom of spine. Cracked hinge at front and rear endpapers. Sunning to boards and spine. All in all a scarce first edition in good condition. Forbes was John Tyndall’s chief rival concerning the various theories of glaciers and was also the first Briton to climb the Jungfrau. Amongst the first English accounts of systematic Alpine exploration.
Forbes, James D., Travels Through the Alps of Savoy and Other Parts of the Pennine Chain: With Observations on the Pheomena of Glaciers, Adam & Charles Black; Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843
BARROW, John, Travels in China, containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, made and collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton. In which it is attempted to appreciate the rank that this extraordinary empire may be considered to hold in the scale of civilized nations. Illustrated with several engravings., Printed by A. Strahan, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804